Argentina is remarkably child-friendly in terms of general travel safety and the local people’s attitudes toward families. Thanks to Argentina’s strong Italian heritage, this is a country where family comes first. When traveling in Argentina with kids, you’ll find plenty on offer for your little ones to enjoy, from dinosaur museums to beach resorts and plenty of outdoor activities to use up all that extra energy. Snacks are essential when traveling with kids and the cities will have you covered. Empanadas are inexpensive, available on every block, easy to transport to a picnic spot and come with a range of fillings to suit everyone’s palate.
The magnificent Iberá Wetland reserve is one of South America’s finest places to see wildlife. It is home to an abundance of bird and animal life, including marsh deer, black caimans and adorable capybaras, The main base for visiting the park is the sleepy village of Colonia Pellegrini, 74 miles northeast of Mercedes.
The habitat of sea lions, elephant seals, guanacos, rheas, Magellanic penguins, and numerous seabirds, Península Valdés is another of South America’s finest wildlife reserves. The wildlife viewing is truly exceptional, the undisputed main attraction being the endangered southern right whale. Here, you can take your kids on a yellow submarine voyage. The vessel is the only one of its kind in the world to sail so close to the whales. Yellow Submarine offers various family-friendly programs, one of which takes you to see a penguin colony. www.yellowsubmarinearg.com/en
In the northeastern tip of Argentina, Iguazú National Park boasts the massive, horseshoe-shaped Iguazú Falls, comprising over 270 cascades stretching for one and a half miles. The falls drop more than 263 feet at their highest point and produce vast sprays of water that vaporize into the surrounding subtropical rainforest, where you’ll see wildlife galore ranging from elusive ocelots and jaguars to tapirs, howler monkeys, toucans, butterflies, coatis, giant anteaters, caimans, and much more. Thrilling boat rides at the falls guarantee a fun soaking that your kids will love. Argentina family travel at its best!
From beaches and wide-open green spaces to the myriad colorful neighborhoods and lively markets, excellent museums, and incredible food, there is so much for kids to enjoy in Argentina’s capital. The excellent Museo de Los Niños has been specifically designed for children up to 12-years-old and is a wonderful day out. The museum revolves around pretend play and children can go to “work” in a bank or a TV studio or even in the kitchen at McDonald’s. It’s a lot of fun and always a hit with kids.
This planetarium is considered to be one of the best in the world and is just as enjoyable for children as it is for intergalactic geeks. On display is a moon rock collected by Apollo XI and a meteorite that’s over 4,000 years old. The five-story spherical dome shows a variety of films about space and the universe.
The river delta area of Tigre, with its numerous islands and incredible biodiversity, makes for a great day trip from Buenos Aires. A favorite with kids is the Euca Tigre adventure park, which offers over 100 outdoor activities, including zip-lining, rock-climbing, and more. If your kids don’t like heights, take them kayaking through the river delta
Located in Pilar, a town about an hour outside of Buenos Aires, Rush Trampoline Park is the largest of its kind in all of Latin America. At this gigantic inflatable paradise, your kids can spring-dunk hoops, battle each other with giant cubes of foam, show who’s boss on the high-flying trampolines, enjoy endless aerial action, practice flips, launch into foam pits, and reach for the sky.
For active families with older kids, Los Glaciares National Park is one of the most breathtaking places on Earth, about 30 percent of the park remains covered in ice, and among its most impressive sights is the Perito Moreno Glacier as well as Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy, which are both towering mountains in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Here you’ll find plenty of family-friendly adventures including rafting trips on the Santa Cruz River, biking, and horseback riding.
A must for kids when visiting Los Glaciares National Park, this fascinating museum illuminates the world of ice. Displays and bilingual films show how glaciers form, along with documentaries on continental ice expeditions and stark meditations on climate change. The highlight is watching the half-hour’ bridge collapse’ of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Parents can suit up in furry capes for the bar de hielo − a blue-lit below-zero club serving vodka or fernet in ice glasses.
The Southern Fuegian Railway in Tierra del Fuego, proverbially known as “the end of the world,” will take your kids’ breath away. The steam railway takes you on a journey around the Tierra del Fuego National Park. You can take the train to the national reserve, spend the day exploring the park, while keeping a lookout for guanacos and other animals native to Argentina, and take the train back when you’re done. Train-loving kids and adults can also arrange to visit the training workshop.
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